Miles Mikolas won in his first big league game after a three-year stint in Japan, but left his biggest impression at the plate.

Hitting a home run to help spoil the Milwaukee Brewers’ home opener sure was special for the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander.

Paul DeJong connected for the second straight game, hitting his third homer this season, and Mikolas collected his first big league hit with a two-run homer in the Cardinals’ 8-4 win on Monday.

He’ll savor his fifth-inning drive off Zach Davies (0-1) that broke a 2-all tie for a while.

I might remember the home run just because that was a highlight of the day, Mikolas said. But looking back I’ll probably look at the mistakes I made as a pitcher … and make myself better moving forward.

Cardinals 3B Jedd Gyorko left before the bottom of the seventh with a strained right hamstring. … RHP Adam Wainwright (left hamstring strain) shagged fly balls and grounders during batting practice. Wainwright went on the disabled list on March 26 and is eligible to come off Thursday, which is the Cardinals’ home opener against Arizona. Asked how he felt, Wainwright said with a smile, That’s what everybody wants to know. It’s a secret.

Manager Mike Matheny didn’t rule out starting Wainwright for the home opener. We didn’t take anything off the table, Matheny said. Just kind of take all the information in. Just see what happens.

McCallum moved to Nevada shortly after his injury and now lives with his wife, Yvonne, and their four daughters in Henderson, a Las Vegas suburb. He loves the city. Everyone’s looking to be friends, he said. He also loves the Raiders, and, for years, envisioned bringing his new home and his former team together, but kept running into the same line of resistance.

Anytime I’d mention it to someone, the first thing they’d say was, ‘But the gaming, the gaming,’ McCallum recalled from his office at The Venetian during a February interview with ESPN. They were worried about the integrity of the game.

On its face, sports betting’s threat to the integrity of the game is match-fixing — a player, coach or official purposely trying to impact an outcome inside the competition for gambling purposes. That’s only one part of the NFL’s concern, however.patriots_323